So you’ve let your garage floor go the way you have a few other areas in your busy life. The surface is stained, contaminated by oil, moisture and other vehicle fluids and the idea of an exhaustive cleaning and preparation is just too daunting to contemplate. Does that mean you are stuck with that nasty looking garage floor? Not at all! One of the best all around solutions to an unsightly garage floor has been the innovation of garage floor tiles. Easy to assemble, and budget friendly, garage floor tiles offer a comprehensive solution that is also durable, attractive and hassle free.
Unlike other treatments, garage tiles are removable and transportable. If you move you don’t have to leave your beautiful garage floor finish behind! The tiles can be cleaned in place or removed from the garage for a hose down. Most garage floor titles are 1’ x 1 foot square and come in units of as few as 6 to as many as 48 tiles per package, and snap together easily and quickly in a patented interlocking system available in six colors.
Popular Garage Floor Tile Brands
One product widely available and highly recommended by reviewers is Gladiator Garageworks Floor Tile line of products. The floor tiles themselves are part of a comprehensive system that includes drain tiles and floor edging for a finished, professional look. The Gladiator tiles are rated 250 pounds per square inch laboratory tested, and UL classified for fire and slip resistance. Designed to withstand temperature extremes, and to resist common automotive and shop chemicals, the tiles are capable of supporting high tonnage vehicles with no deformation of the product.
Autocare Products also offers a line of Interlocking Garage Floor tiles, this time in not only a variety of colors but floor textures including tire tread, coin, drain and other eye catching patterns that lend themselves to uses on decks, basements and workout rooms. The 12” x 12” tiles are manufactured out of polypropylene for durability and ease of cleaning and come in a 40 count package. The interlocking system makes for easy installation and install directly over existing flooring. The tiles are easily trimmed with a utility knife or a power saw to accommodate fitting around existing architectural features.
Another popular manufacturer of garage floor tiles is Racedeck, with their 100% made in America product, designed, engineered and manufactured for 34 years under one roof in Salt Lake City Utah. A leading name in the field, Racedeck offers an enviable array of features including:
- Made from high impact copolymers.
- 15 year limited warranty.
- Quick (less than a day for most garages) installation.
- Moisture resistant.
- Easily removable for relocation or cleaning.
- Superior slip resistance when wet.
- Resistant to damage from subfloor cracking.
- Patented “PowerLock” system becomes part of superstructure of underlying floor allows for natural expansion and contraction of floor in response to temperature shifts.
- Engineered to withstand rolling vehicle loads of up to 50,000.
Racedeck Garage Floor tiles come in 10 different styles including a licensed Harley Davidson design and a variety of colors, providing for a multitude of customized flooring looks.
The Craftsman family of products from Sears offers a line of garage floor tiling as well in an eye appealing array of designs and textures and colors at a price that is sure to please any DIYer’s budget. Craftsman Garage Floor tiles are manufactured from a PVC copolymer blend, durable, quiet and guaranteed anti fatigue. The Craftsman brand tile is engineered with patented under tile “Air-Dry” channels to allow for proper air circulation which reduces the chances of mold and mildew build up. The Craftsman tiles are a generous 18” x 18” x 250’ offering more coverage for less per tile cash outlay and come six to a box for total coverage of 13.95 sq feet per package. The tiles are rated not only for garages but decks, patios, laundry rooms and in home gyms. The tiles are flexible and offer a cosmetic fix for cracks, bumps, dips and other floor flaws and install with only a rubber mallet, tape measure and utility knife. Modular nature of the tiles enables a quick switch-out of any damaged tile or a change in flooring pattern if desired.
Where to Buy Garage Tiles
A good general purpose site for researching the available options in garage floor tiles is Amazon.com. Amazon is known worldwide for the best prices and the most comprehensive selection of products, and is one of the few places where you can search out and read reviews by actual users of the product you are considering before you buy!